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Old 02-13-2005, 08:07 PM
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51 sedan delivery, original suspension...HUH



Hi guys!

My question, and ive looked thru all these posts i can and havent found anything on this truck/car... I just purchased a 1951 chevy sedan delivery, the car has been gone thru some, ie: new 305, new caprice rear and trans, but for the life of me i cant figger out if this thing has the original suspension or not....Id of thought it would have been a straight axle but its independent, is this original... I dont mean to sound ignorant, lllolll but apparently am, can someone edumacate me please.... thanks
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Old 02-13-2005, 09:19 PM
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Ford changed over to the IFS in 1949..I think GM (Not being a GM kinda guy) did as well so yours is original..

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Old 02-13-2005, 09:56 PM
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Thanks OneMoreTime for the reply, Now I can figure out what I want to do with this thing, I must say it rides like a lincoln, other than the loose steering box lol... but ill see what i can do about the "A" Arms and the box, any suggestions from anyone would be appreciated...I was leaning towards air bags, but looking at the configeration, with the large stamped surround for the spring im kinda wondering what the heck..
And it needs a larger sway bar, etc, etc lol
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The parts for those are around and out there..takes a bit of searching and surfing to find them..I think Quickor.com may be source for rebuilding the a arms..new bushings and such..Borgeson may have a steering box for it..Sway bar could be adapted..

Springs..stockcarproducts.com..might have some springs if those are needed..

I am of the if it ain't broke don't fix it school of thought my self and if this can be rebuilt/repaired why change it..??


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Old 02-14-2005, 10:11 PM
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Ford changed over to the IFS in 1949..I think GM (Not being a GM kinda guy) did as well so yours is original..

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1939 & 40 chevy you could get either IFS or a str8 axle ....joe
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I think 41 to 54 all share the same basic design (probably the 39 - 40 ifs as well). 55 went to ball joints. The complete front suspension will unbolt. Some folks swear by them, others swear at them. Personally, I prefer the modern ball joints, disc brakes, tube shocks, and rack and pinion steering afforded by a MII kit. I am putting a TCI unit in my 41 now. And you can upgrade to bags if you want. Fatmans has dropped uprights for the stock front end. Not sure about bagging one. As heavy as the stock unit is, it should be more than strong enough.
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